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conversations] you're live in denver for the first presidential debate of 2012. between president obama and mitt romney. held at the university of denver. there are no opening statements, we're ready to here moderator introduce the candidates and ask the first question. >> moderator: i remember good evening. [laughter] [inaudible] [inaudible conversations] >> okay. they lag. it is two minutes. they are just testing us. they are just testing us. [inaudible conversations] >> moderator:..it. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> moderator: 30 seconds, folks. let's have a terrific evening for all of you. good evening from the madness arena at the university of colorado. im jim lehrer of the pbs "newshour." i welcome you to the 2012 debates between barack obama, the democratic nominee and former massachusetts governor, mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate in the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues that will follow a format designed by the commission.
aggressive but i don't believe he was more presidential. i believe the president obama handled himself with that dignified reserve is his hallmark. anybody that expected him to come out in an aggressive in your face way has not been watching the president for these last four years. i thought the president was particularly strong tonight, especially in contrasting the two economic views of these candidates. president obama's view of how we fix our economy. much more in line with main strewn americans believe, the middle class believes. the things that president clinton used, balanced approach. opportunity and, i thought that governor romney really didn't do anything to dissuade the general public from the view that he would like to go back to the days of the bush tax cuts for the wealthy and hope that this time, instead of growing deficits, and growing unemployment, that it grows jobs. so governor romney really needed a game changer tonight. i hate to say this but i find myself agreeing with chris christie. governor romney really needed to turn the world upside down. he really need ad g
both presidential candidates -- lee 11 talked-about the fact that barack obama has a more positive favorable rating than mitt romney, both of them are pretty divided when we look at people's impressions of both candidates they are divided about these candidates and part of that is that they don't see, they don't see everything they want to see in any one candidate so it is not surprising that the economy and jobs is at the top but people like thinking about these other values, and other issues as they are making their choice but having to make the choice between what they are being offered. >> there is a similar methodology the campaign pollsters use as the public pollsters' use. the goals are very different. we are trying to identify whether attitudes people might share, campaign polls are about targeting and trying to influence public opinion because they want to win. sometimes the best strategic advice may be to drive of your opponent's negatives. they all do this. we see it in these ads which will push over $1 billion. a very different sort of dip -- the methods are the same bu
up. in order to tell his story the way he wanted to tell it as obama does. self-creation is a very important word to obama. in the one of the earliest speeches about abraham lincoln, it was announcement speech of his presidential candidacy in 2007. it was done in bring field, he found out indication to compare himself to abraham lincoln. both of them were tall, gangly lawyers, and both gave speeches in springfield. [laughter] but if you look at what he says about lincoln, it's quite revealing for for him lincoln stands for self-creation. the ability to restart your life to make yourself to whatever you want to be. to choose your own values and pursue your own dreams. your own principles. i'm not sure that's how ab lam hin con would have seen himself. that's in keeping with the general liberal approach. you're not so much concerned with how someone like washington or lincoln understood himself, you're interested in what use you can make of them in in your own time primarily. well, here is where obama goes far beyond old fashion liberalism. comes close to doubting the inevitable of p
in the presidential election. if you go in today with $12 million -- >> this is a president obama said the jobless or would be if we pass the stimulus is 5.6%. but this is where the jobless rate actually is. 8.1%. the difference? about 3.7 million jobs. obama spending was $5 trillion deeper in debt and now we have fewer jobs than when he started. but obama promised versus what he delivered. >> american crossers is responsible for the content of this advertising. >> oppose the president. we were talking about how to legislation spent $800 billion on a strain to fix the economy. they spend the money and the job soon follow. but we got was dead. when you talk about in those terms, here's what the president sold to the american people on how to fix the economy. these are the results are not only not create a job, it created a lot of debt that we now have to pay off. a lot of money, not a lot of results. we tried to hold a lack of officials to account for the record and also for the promises that they have made. a lot of incumbent politicians don't like us because there's a lot of people doing it on a
state that we thought would be remarkably close at this point are really starting to trend towards obama in a way that every seems to think that unless these debates reset his presidential election, it's quite clear that the president actually headed towards creating an environment where on this map is a significant advantage. >> governor christie promised speedy this is right, met ron is going to be so exceptional tomorrow there'll be a seismic shift. >> let's watch. talk about it next week in class. >> the crossroads different venues also engage in more localized regions, states, congressional and senate. a bit about how you choose your priorities since you have a broader scope than is. >> that's a good question. the goal of american crossroads is to be president obama into electing a president but were also heavily invested in senate and house races. a lot of the other super pacs or not. we are focused on all of the senate races are where you see a lot more of the advertising earlier on just because senate races, people figure, pay more attention earlier. will also engage in number of
on the campaign of former deputy assistant to president obama. california state university northridge, he discussed the 2008 election and how those lessons can be applied to this year's campaign. he also analyzed leadership, communication and the use of words and presidential campaigns. this is an hour and 15 minutes. [applause] >> all right. thank you very much. you okay with? well, thank you. this is something of a homecoming for me. as laurie said, i actually grew up until i was in the third grade, i lived in lakewood california. and i spent a lot of time in this area. this is a holiday place for me. all of my relatives actually lived from norwalk to be female, so every holiday for about two decades, this is where we came every christmas, thanksgiving, so forth. so it is a great honor to come back here. i'll tell you a little bit about myself. when i was in third grade, i move to three rivers california. anybody know or sequoia national park is? i lived in a town called three rivers california. and i had about the same 10 kids i went to school with every year until the eighth grade. an
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